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Scholarship and College Pathways

Scholarship & College Pathways Coordinator


Nicole Morasca

831-728-8102 ext. 3598

Aptos High


831-728-7832 ext. 5186

 Pajaro Valley High

Mondays & Fridays  

831-728-8102 ext. 3598

 Watsonville High

Wednesdays & Thursdays

831-728-6390 ext. 6477


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Scholarship List


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Dreaming Scholarship

Amount $1,000 over 2yrs(Total $2,00) Deadline: April 19, 2019

Open to all High School Seniors currently attending Watsonville High School . Applicant must be a 2019 graduating high school senior applying for accredited postsecondary or vocational school of the Arts (i.e., Any area in Music, Theatre, Art & Design; Fashion etc.) in the year of the scholarship award. 2. Applicant must show proof of enrollment prior to receiving award in an accredited post-secondary institution (2 Year College/ 4 Year University) or vocational school of the Arts in the year of the scholarship award. 3. Applicants must be current seniors from Watsonville High School, Watsonville CA. 4. GPA requirement of 2.0 or better 5. Applications are open to all students regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or U.S. Residency Status

Hellenic Cultural Institute Student Scholarship Program

Amount: April 19, 2019        Deadline:$2,500- divided by all recipients

Students must be seniors bound for college with a 3.0GPA and above. Exemplary classroom conduct. A brief biographical sketch and completion of the application form.  A minimum 600-word essay on: “Discuss the significance of the Hellenistic Age in the Fields of Art and Science.The winning essay may be read by the writer at the Institute’s annual awards dinner.  In addition, the Institute reserves the right to publish it as it sees fit.

Submissions must reach the Institute at the address below or

              Hellenic Cultural Institute, California Central Coast

P.M. Box 183

484B Washington Street

Monterey, California 93940-3052

Champions of Character Scholarship

Amount: $8,000 over 4 yrs        Deadline: April 19, 2019 

The United States Tennis Association(USTA) Northern California offers college scholarships to four senior-year, high school tennis players annually to support and encourage multicultural tennis participation among high school students entering college. The committee looks at the following criteria: 1.Academic Merit 2. Written Narrative 3. Financial Need 4. Unusual Force of Character (X-Factor) 5. Community Service Leadership. 

All the paperwork is email or mailed to Silvia Duenas-Bielser

My email:

Address:  USTA NorCal, 1920 North Loop Rd., Alameda, CA 94502


Big Stick Surfing Association Scholarship

Amount:$50-$500   Deadline: April 24, 2019

Santa Cruz County Seniors who have demonstrated scholastic ability, and a commitment to ocean sports, the preservation of the ocean environment and ecology, good citizenship and sportsmanship.


California Association for Bilingual Education Scholarship

Amount: TBD Deadline: April 25, 2019

Must submit to 

Nicole Morasca or Ximena Ospina at PVHS

Nicole Morasca or Leandra Cabadas at  WHS

Nicole Morasca or Cheryl Nickel at AHS

Each year the California Association for Bilingual Education, Pájaro Valley Chapter 66, awards several scholarships to graduating bilingual high school students.  These awards are determined on a competitive basis and require the submission of autobiographical essay questions.  All bilingual students (English and another language) are encouraged to participate in this process.

Young Historian Award 

Amount:$500 Deadline: April 25, 2019

The Young Historian Award will be offered annually to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the study, conservation/preservation, or enhancement of the history of the Pajaro Valley. Open to students who: are 16-25 years of age; have not received compensation for the activity or project other than for materials, travel expenses or other out-of-pocket costs related to the activity or project; have not received the Young Historians Award.

Lapiz Family Scholarship

Amount:$2,000 Deadline: April 26, 2019

Farm worker or child of farm worker or migrant farm worker, financial need, minimum GPA: 3.0, Incoming freshman or current, full-time undergraduate in 2019-20, University: University of California (any campus, preference given to Davis and Santa Cruz) Any ethnic or racial background, US citizen or permanent resident



Paredes-Miramontes Educational Scholarship

Amount: $500                   Deadline: April 30, 2019


  • Anyone interested in helping the Latinx/Chicanx community may apply
  • *No* GPA Requirement and *No* Letter of Recommendation needed
  • Must be a graduating senior from a CA high school
  • Proof of future college enrollment to receive funds
  • Must be pursuing a career in Health (Pharmacy, Public Health, Medicine, Dental,Physician Assistant Nursing, etc.)
  • Students are eligible to receive the scholarship regardless of immigration or citizenship status

CSPCA President’s Scholarship Award

Amount:$1,000 Deadline: April 30,2019

Pajaro Valley Unified School District is celebrating our 50th year as a Merit District! Open to children of  PVUSD personnel commissioners, directors, and classified staff members.  Application and essay

Otis Chandler Memorial Scholarship 

Amount: 3,000 Deadline: April 30, 2019

Two scholarships are awarded each year, one to a boy and one to a girl

Must have track & field or cross country high school running experience.

Must have been accepted into a two or four-year institution of higher learning. Must have a commitment to lifetime fitness.

Howard Marcus Memorial Scholarships

Amount: 3000 Deadline: April 30, 2019 

Two scholarships are awarded each year, one to a boy and one to a girl.

Must post a minimum 3.0 cumulative, high school GPA.

Must have track & field or cross country high school running experience.

Must plan to continue participation in one of these sports at a four-year college or university.


2019 Wayne Richards Memorial Scholarship

Amount:$500-$1000        Deadline: April 30, 2018

Student must be a graduating senior varsity athlete from a high school in the Santa Cruz County with a 3.0 GPA. Intend to enroll full time at a university, college, or trade school. Must have involvement in school or community affairs and be a U.S. Citizen. Essay, Two letters of Recommendation, and Official Transcripts needed

Pajaro Valley Pride Scholarship

Amount:$500 Deadline: April 30, 2019

Criteria: LGBTQIA+ identifying or an ally who is directly involved with the LGBTQIA+ club at their school or in their community, senior in good standing attending an accredited high school in PVUSD this academic year, on track to graduate with a 2.5 GPA or higher, enroll full-time (12 or more units) in a higher education institution in the fall of 2019

Monterey Bay CAPCA

Amount: $1 ,000  Deadline: April 30, 2019

Must be pursuing a a Bachelors or Associate's degree  in agriculture. Must be a resident of Monterey, Santa Cruz, or San Benito County.

Caltrans/CTF District 5

Amount:$1,000 Deadline: April 30, 2019

Seniors planning on pursuing a career in transportation. The field of transportation is broad and employs Engineers, Project Managers, Transportation Planners, Environmental Planners, Archeologist, Land Surveyors, Mechanics, Electricians, Landscape Architects,cultural Resources, Biologist, Computer Science, Office Technologies and many more. Open to students graduating from the counties of Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara. Must plan on attending a university, community college, or trade school in California.

Student Advocates for higher Education Scholarship

Amount:$500-$1,000 Deadline: April 30, 2019

Selection Criteria 1. The scholarship is open to Bay Area students and students who will be attending a school in the Bay Area (Santa Cruz included). 2. Recipient must be enrolled or planning to enroll next Fall quarter or semester at a Community College (CC), California State University (CSU), University of California (UC) or private University in California, as Undergrad, Graduate student, or enrolling in a Credential Program. 3. Applicant must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

LM Scholarship

Amount: 500 Deadline: May 31

Be currently enrolled or expect to be enrolled in a degree program (2 years of length or greater) by September.. Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Be a US resident or a Canadian resident and must also attend a school in Canada or the US.



Born and Raised in Watsonville

Amount: $500 Deadline: May 1, 2019


-The applicant MUST be a current high school senior at the time of their application and planning on going to a college/university/community/technical school in the fall.

-Applicant must live in Watsonville (or surrounding areas like Pajaro, Calabasas and Pinto Lake).

-Applicant must attend the Pajaro Valley School District (alternative or Charter Schools in Watsonville).

There is no GPA requirement and no Social Security requirement.

Filipino Community of Watsonville Scholarship

Amount:$500  Deadline: May 1,2019


  1. Each applicant must have at least one birth parent who must be Filipino or from Filipino descent
  2. Parent or guardian is an active member of the Filipino Community of Watsonville for 2 or more consecutive years
  3. Must be a graduating high school senior
  4. Must have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or greater at the time of application
  5. Must plan and be enrolled in a public, private accredited college or university or in a vocational, technical or certificate program within a year of graduation


Cal Aggie Alumni Association leadership Scholarship

Amount: $10,000 Deadline: May 1, 2019

Plan to enter UC Davis for Fall 2019 3.5 GPA and above


Rover Scholarship 

Amount:$2,500            Deadline: May 1, 2019
Open to graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students. Applicants must complete a 400-500-word essay about whether technology has made them feel more included or excluded in their community.  


Kids’ Chance California Scholarship

Amount: TBD Deadline: May 15, 2019  Amount: TBD

To be eligible for a scholarship grant, applicants must have a parent who has been killed or seriously injured as a result of a work related accident that meets the criteria of the California Workers’ Compensation Act and that has resulted in demonstrated financial need.

Applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  • Applicant must be between the ages of 16-25 at the time of the full disbursement of the Kids’ Chance of California, Inc. scholarship award.
  • Student applicant and/or deceased/injured worker are not required to be a legal resident of California.
  • Applicant must be able to demonstrate financial need.
  • Applicant must have achieved a high school diploma by the time of the first disbursement of the scholarship award.
  • Applicant must be enrolled, accepted or applying for acceptance as a full-time or part-time student at a university, college or technical school.
  • Applicant may not have already attained a bachelor’s degree.

B. Davis Scholarship

Deadline: May 24, 2019 Amount:$1,000

Essay open to high school juniors and seniors.


Insurance Professionals of Monterey Bay 2019 Senior Scholarship

Deadline: May 31,2019 Amount:$1,500

Open to high school seniors in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara or Santa Cruz County who is planning to continue his/her education after high school.  Any student may apply for this scholarship, regardless of their gender or anticipated field of study.Requirements:Completed application (attached), Minimum GPA of 2.75, Certified transcript from school, Typed essay of 500 to 750 words. Applications and information must submitted via email to:

Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarships (Juniors/Class of 2020)

Amount: $1,000-$2,000  Deadline: May 31, 2019

Eligibility: Any high school Junior (class of 2020), residing in the United States, plays a high school or club sport, and maintains a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Candidates are chosen based on their responses to questions pertaining to how they meet the standard defined in Elevating Your Game: Becoming a Triple-Impact Competitor by PCA Founder Jim Thompson:

  • Personal Mastery: Making oneself better
  • Leadership: Making one's teammates better
  • Honoring the Game: Making the game better.


Woman Forward in Technology Scholarship

Amount: 3,000 (15 awards)     Deadline: June 15, 2019

Must be accepted into or currently enrolled full-time at an accredited university in the US, in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) field. 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA required. At least one letter of recommendation.

Scholarship for student care givers

Amount: $1,500         Deadline: June 30, 2019

The Student-Caregiver Scholarship provides financial assistance to students who are caring for an adult relative while enrolled in college. Applicants must be full-time college students at an accredited two-or-four-year college or university in the United States, or full-time high school students who are registered to attend a qualifying institution the following semester.


 Minecraft Scholarship

Amount: $2, 00 Deadline: July 31, 2019

Criteria:  currently be enrolled in college or high school, 3.0 or high GPA, and United States citizen. Application and essay needed.

December 2019


Amount:$1,000 Deadline: December 31, 2019

The scholarship is for high school seniors planning to attend a career school participating in the Imagine America High School Scholarship Program. (Participating career schools are listed at To qualify, applicants must graduate in calendar year 2019 with a GPA of 2.5 or above and enroll in a participating career college. Applicants may also be requested to demonstrate commitment to community service and/or financial need

Ongoing Scholarships

Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest Description

Amount:$1,000 Deadline: Monthly

Open to juniors and seniors. Students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the scholarship.


Monterey County Hospitality Association

Amount: Up to $2,000 

The Scholarships assist students pursing degrees in hotel management, culinary studies, wine and other hospitality fields. Priority goes first and foremost to Monterey county residents. Applicants from San Benito and Santa Cruz counties will be considered at the discretion of the selection committee. Must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale a minimum of 100 hours of hospitality/wine related work or internship experience; have applied and gained acceptance to a hospitality/wine related post-secondary program either full-time or substantial part-time in the US or US territories .

Common Knowledge Scholarship Fund

Amount: $250-$2,500 

Take a quiz, show us what you know, win scholarships. It's that easy! At CKSF there are no essays, no applications, and no GPA requirements. Students will the highest scores at the end of each completion win.

Marine Corps NROTC

Amount: Full tuition

Must be a US citizen.  SAT scores of at least 1000 or ACT of at least 22.  Apply to one of the approved NROTC colleges.  For more information, contact Captain Melanie Clifton at 510-714-3144 or  

Wells Fargo College STEPS Sweepstakes

Amount: $5,000

Sign up to receive college planning and money management information from Wells Fargo's CollegeSTEPS Program.  Sweepstakes winners are chosen randomly.  


AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts Scholarships 

Amount: $1,000 

Scholarships are awarded based on talent, merit, academic excellence and financial need.  Must attend AMDA.  Visit for more information


Last updated 4/8/2019




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E4FC Undergraduate Scholarship Database (Resource for undocumented students)


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